453) Kissing Spell — “Cerraron Sus Ojos”
Spellbinding and mournful track from the Chilean band’s classic ‘70 psych LP Los Pajaros was also the B-side of the album’s only single (see #360).
The album “is one of the best and most sought after South American psych albums . . . . [It has w]ell-crafted songs with an attractive dreamy quality enhanced by spacey effects, occasional bursts of well-handled fuzz guitar, and strong harmonies . . . .” (https://johnkatsmc5.blogspot.com/2016/08/kissing-spell-los-pajaros-1970-chile.html?m=1) The Rockadrome store calls it “[w]ithout a doubt . . . one of the best albums from Latin America’s psychedelic ’60s! [with] beautiful melodic compositions, killer fuzz leads, a superb dreamy atmosphere and great vocals (mostly in English).” (https://www.rockadrome.com/store/kissing-spell-los-pajaros-lp.html) Norman Records calls it “a lovely example of hazy late 60’s atmospherics with nods towards Love, Friends era Beach Boys and the Canterbury bands. Vocals are kinda English-as-a-second-language hesitant but there are lots of sweet harmonies. Ah what a vibe. Was life really all as laid back and chilled as this back then?”(https://www.normanrecords.com/records/148773-kissing-spell-los-pajaros) Kissing Spell formed in Santiago and disbanded following the ’73 coup. (http://rocknrollperolas.blogspot.com/2013/08/psychedelic-rock-kissing-spell-los.html?m=1)
“Cerraron su ojos Que aún tenía abiertos Taparon su cara Con un blanco lienzo Y unos sollozando Y otros en silencio En la triste alcoba Todos se salieron oh… La luz que en un vaso Ardía en el suelo Al muro arroja La sombra del lecho La noche se entraba Reinaba el silencio Perdido en las sombras Medité un momento Que tristes, que solos Se quedan los muertos oh. . . .”
Here is an approximate English translation courtesy of Google translate:
“They closed their eyes that she still had open. They covered his face with a white canvas and some sobbing and others in silence in the sad bedroom. They all left oh… The light that in a glass burned on the ground, throw to the wall the shadow of the bed. The night was coming, silence reigned. Lost in the shadows I pondered for a moment. How sad, how lonely. The dead remain oh. . . .”
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